Barbara Katherine (Scherer) Crispen

Last Updated on January 4, 2023 by Kroeger Funeral Home

Barbara Katherine (Scherer) Crispen, age 95, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at Franciscan Hospital Lafayette surrounded by family after a brief illness.

She was born March 3, 1927, in Logansport to Henry and Katherine (Mueller) Scherer.

Barbara had three brothers, William, Paul, and George. Their mother, Katherine, passed away when Barbara was only five years old and Henry asked Katherine’s sister, Lizzie, and her husband, William Richter, to care for her. Barbara considered their daughter, Lisette and son, Harry, as her own and remained close to them and their children throughout her lifetime.

A graduate of the Logansport High School Class of 1945, Barbara met the love of her life, Robert Crispen after he returned from service in the Marine Corp during WWII. They were married on February 28,1947 and would go on to celebrate 75 years of marriage in February 2022.

Together they raised three children who survive, son, William and his wife Amy of Indianapolis, daughter Katherine (Katie) Zook, Plano, Texas, and son, Steve, and his wife Deanna, Logansport.

Robert passed July 24, 2022, and Barbara would spend the next few months waiting to be reunited with him.

Faith and family were the cornerstones of her life. Barbara was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she could be found every Sunday morning, third pew from the back, left side, until her health would no longer permit. She witnessed many family weddings, baptisms, confirmations and even funerals at her church. Her faith in God and His promises never wavered.

To those lucky enough to be called her friends, she was just “Barbie.” She and the “Old Boy” as she lovingly called Robert, had a continually active social circle, enjoying Tuesday night dinners with Gayle and Winnie Smith, Friday nights at LHS ball games, and Saturday nights with Jiggs and Lou Wolf.

Her calendar was filled with lunch dates, musicals, plays and just going for a drive after dinner.

Barbie loved to travel with Hawaii being a favorite destination. She and Robert would make the trip several times before his passing. They shared that love of travel with their children and grandchildren treating them all to special vacations to ceblebrate the important milestones of their 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries. She and Robert were an amazing example of what loving someone forever truly means and the memories made on these trips are cherished by the family.

She was a loving mother and later a mother-in-law but treasured her role as Grandma Crispen to seven granddaughters. She taught the girls the importance of showing up in life, service to others and just being there for family and friends in good times and in bad. She is forever in their hearts and survived by granddaughter Emily and her husband Ryan Slavens, Colleen and her husband Mike Cieslak, Melissa and her husband Mark Lowry Jr., Courtney and her husband Freddie Newsom, Anne and her husband Jeff Morris, Kristen and her husband, Jimmy Lemons, and Kathleen Crispen.

As much as she adored her seven granddaughters, her role as GiGi to sixteen great-grandchildren gave her boundless joy and happiness in the last years of her life. A visit from any of them would mean pulling the old fire hydrant toy out of the closet and playing on the living room floor for hours.

She is survived by: Berkley and Graham Slavens, John and Collette Cieslak, Camryn, Carson, Cassidy, and Claire Lowry, Brinley and Brooks Newsom, Cole, Will, Jack and Claire Morris, and JP and John Lemons.

During her last year at McKinney Place, she made new friends and was especially thankful for the care and friendship of Dave Barron, Vickie Hathaway, Beth Day, and the staff whose compassion and love the family wishes to acknowledge.

​Barbara also leaves behind a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Joan Scherer and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death along with her husband Robert, were her parents, two brothers, William and George, and son-in-law, John Zook.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Saturday January 7th at Kroeger Funeral Home.

The Funeral Service is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dave Smith presiding.

Kroeger Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Memorial gifts made be made to the Carousel Fund or the Cass County Honor Guard Fund in care of the Cass County Community Foundation, P.O. box 441, Logansport, IN 46947 or to Trinity Lutheran Church, 97 W. Market Street, Logansport, IN 46947.

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